If you’ve visited the Hamilton Transit Blog today, or checked into the various social media outlets that I use for the blog, you’ve no doubt seen somewhat if a visual change. Gone is the familiar blue-yellow-white logo and appearance, which had been replaced with a circular “HT” logo.
The change was made for a few reasons, with the primary reason to further disassociate myself with the HSR.
From the onset of the Twitter account, followed by the blog and Facebook page, I have endeavored to provide transit users with updates. Upcoming and current detours, events and news were my focus.
The Hamilton Street Railway has issued the Fall 2014 edition of their quarterly Bus News. There are changes to the schedules, including the return of regular service on multiple routes. Other routes, such as 20 A-LINE EXPRESS, 43 STONE CHURCH and 44 RYMAL are being enhanced this fall.
Also please note that the previously scheduled changes to routes 7 LOCKE and 8 YORK will not be implemented as of yet.
Below are the changes that will take effect Sunday August 31st, 2014.
The City of Hamilton will be closing King Street between Market Street and York Road in downtown Dundas for the 39th Annual Dundas Cactus Festival 2014. The roadway will be closed on Thursday August 14th from approximately 6:45pm until 10pm for the festival parade. The roadway will then be closed again from approximately 4pm on Friday, August 15th until approximately 6pm on Sunday August 17th.
Due to the road closures routes 5 DELAWARE, 5E DELAWARE and 52 DUNDAS will be detoured for the duration of the events, with a slightly different detour during the parade on Thursday evening.
The detours are as follows:
Effective Monday, August 11th, 2014 and until approximately Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 weather permitting, James Street North between Barton Street and Strachan Street will be closed due to construction.
The work involves road and sidewalk reconstruction and watermain replacement. Urban Braille sidewalk and decorative concrete boulevards will be installed from Barton Street to the new GO station. Traffic calming bumpouts (curb extensions) will also be installed at the intersection of James and Strachan to narrow the crossing distance for pedestrians.
Routes 4 BAYFRONT, 20 A-LINE EXPRESS and 99 WATERFRONT SHUTTLE will be on detour during these times. The details of the detour routings and specific dates are as follows below:
The HSR has released information about the shuttle to the Festival of Friends next weekend.
The shuttle will once again operate from downtown Hamilton and run express to the Ancaster fairgrounds. Buses will depart on King Street opposite MacNab Street every fifteen minutes at :00, :15, :30 and :45 passed the hour.
Service begins on Friday August 8th at 4:30pm and runs until 10pm. On Saturday and Sunday the first shuttle will depart downtown Hamilton at 11:30am with the final departure of the evening leaving King opposite MacNab at 10pm.
Buses will depart the Ancaster Fairgrounds at the north end of the midway at :05, :20, :35 and :50 with the first departure at 5:05pm on Friday, 12:05pm on Saturday and 12:05pm on Sunday. The final departure for all three nights will will take place at 11:35pm.
As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the George Hamilton Day (Civic) holiday on Monday, August 4th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.
The following routes will not be in service Monday:
- 10 B-LINE EXPRESS
- 12 WENTWORTH
- 16 ANCASTER
- 18 WATERDOWN
- 20 A-LINE EXPRESS
- 44 RYMAL
- 52A DUNDAS LOCAL
- MOHAWK EAST EXTRA
There is a film shoot occuring on Wednesday evening July 23rd that will result in the closure of John Street between the north side of King Street and King William from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM on Wednesday, July 23rd.
Routes 2 BARTON, 3 CANNON and 6 ABERDEEN will be detoured during this time.
The HSR has quietly announced today that there will be no direct Ticats Express shuttles being provided to the first two Hamilton Tiger-Cats home games. The first two games are being held at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium due to construction delays at Tim Hortons Field, the new stadium under construction and the new home for the team.
For fans attending the games on July 26th and July 31st, there are several route options.
There is a closure of all lanes of the Toronto bound QEW over the Skyway bridge this weekend for the following times:
- Friday July 18th, 2014 from 22:00 to Saturday July 19th 06:00
- Saturday July 19th, 2014 from 23:00 to Sunday July 20th, 08:00
- Sunday July 20th, 2014 from 22:00 to Monday July 21th, 04:00
The closure is due to the ongoing Skyway bridge construction.
Beach Blvd. will remain open to all traffic, even though initial traffic signs posted indicated otherwise. Route 11 PARKDALE will remain on regular route to and from Burlington, however delays can be expected.
Customers are encouraged to allow more time to get to and from their destination due to the increase in traffic along Eastport Drive due to the bridge closure.
Source: City of Hamilton
The Beach Blvd. garage sale is occuring on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Even though it is an all day event, the majority of the traffic and pdestrians occur in the morning.
Route 11 PARKDALE will be on detour from approximately 8:40 AM to 12:00 PM and will make connections with the BEACH SHUTTLE at Woodward and Glow.